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Meet The Now Famous Sign Language Interpreter Youla Nzale

Meet The Now Famous Sign Language Interpreter Youla Nzale

Sign language interpreter Youla Nzale speaking to journalists at the Devolution Conference in Kirinyaga.

When a tough-talking President Uhuru Kenyatta took to the stage during the Devolution Conference in Kirinyaga, it’s the sign language interpreter who caught the eye of Kenyans, making the young lady an instant viral sensation.

Her facial expressions matched the tone the Head of State used to convey his message as he expressed frustration, disgust, and anger over politicking in his government.

In an interview after Uhuru’s speech, Nzale explained that she was just doing her job adding that facial expression was part of sign language.

“My emotions went hand-in-hand with the president’s tone. I tried capturing every moment in his speech when he was serious and sad. Deaf people do not often read the lips, they cannot hear; so, they read the facial expressions.

“So, an interpreter needs to be happy, when the speaker is happy; sad, when the speaker is sad; confused, when the speaker is confused. That explains my facial expressions during the president’s speech,” she stated.

Nzale was part of a sign language interpretation team contracted to provide services at the devolution conference.

“As interpreters, we take turns during such events and live programs. It just happened that it was my turn to offer sign language interpretation services when the president was speaking. I have never been and was not his official sign language interpreter at the conference,” she further conveyed.

On whether she anticipated the attention she received  after the clip was shared online, the innately shy Royal Media Services sign language interpreter revealed, “No I did not!”

“And, that should not be the case. You know the president is more important to Kenyans than a sign language interpreter,” she noted.

The sign interpreter’s mastery equally saw netizens heap praises on her as the “favorite person of the day“.

“Big up to the sign language interpreter at the sixth annual Devolution Conference for a job well done. Her facial expressions captured the moment,” a tweep Shaq Bett stated.

Youla Nzale High Paying Side Hustle

Away from her job, Youla is a self-made fashion designer who is cashing in on the skills she acquired from hours of watching and practicing teachings on numerous YouTube channels. A year ago, she founded Rafiki Vaa and set up social media pages on which she markets her merchandise.

During her free time, Youla delves into cloth-making. Most of her clients, she says “make orders from referrals while a good number seek to buy from the posts on Rafiki Vaa Facebook and Instagram pages.”

This month, Rafiki Vaa opened the first physical store at Jericho market, along Jogoo Road and hopes to have another one in town at the end of the year.

Her best designs are mostly wedding gowns and outfits for such ceremonies. Her handmade wedding gowns go for between Ksh35,000-60,000 depending on her client’s custom needs.

“It takes me roughly a month to make a simple design of a wedding gown. I later sell them for at least Ksh35,000 but this varies depending on the design.”

Cloth making is mostly part-time as she balances between the business and her role on TV where she is a sign language interpreter for prime time news.

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